New trial for Taj Mahal casino robbery

May 21, 2008 1:26:48 PM PDT
A new trial for an Atlantic City man convicted of holding up the Trump Taj Mahal Hotel Casino in 2004. In a decision published Wednesday, a state appeals court ruled that Tyrone Daniels deserves a new trial because testimony from a key witness was inadmissible.

Daniels was convicted and sentenced to 20 years in prison for robbing the casino of more than $70,000 with the help of a casino employee.

His alleged coconspirator worked as a cashier at the casino. Margaret Robertson testified that she helped Daniels gain access to the cashiers' office.

The court ruled that Robertson's testimony that she helped Daniels because he threatened her was inadmissible because it was not proven that the threats were directly related to her participation in the robbery.